The Zone diet is all about balancing carbohydrates and protein at every meal to achieve the correct hormonal response. This balance of protein and carbohydrates is very important to lowering insulin and keeping the weight off.
The only way to lose excess body fat is to lower insulin, and soy helps you lower insulin more quickly than animal protein does, assuming you’re still balancing protein and carbohydrates at each meal. One of the main reasons for adding soy to your diet is the fact that it has a lower impact on insulin. Therefore, the more soy you consume, the easier it is to stay in “the zone” and of course this makes it easier to keep your insulin at the correct level, neither too high nor too low.
A really good diet enables you to eat everything in moderation and if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables and have some protein at every meal you will see results. It is the balance of hormonal responses that occurs every time you eat. It also it gives your skin a more tone, tight appearance, lowers your blood pressure, strengthens your bones, improves your agility, increases your flexibility, strengthens your immune system and gives you more energy and a brighter outlook on life.
In the Zone, you think better because being in the Zone you are maintaining stable blood sugar levels. You also perform better, because being in the Zone allows you to increase oxygen transfer to your muscle cells. Another great thing is that you are never hungry between meals, because staying in the Zone means your brain is being constantly supplied with blood sugar which is its primary fuel.
But the best reason to want to stay in the Zone on a lifelong basis is to achieve SuperHealth. You can expect lower body fat (of course), increased muscle mass, increased metabolism, increased the sense of well-being, more energy, lower bad cholesterol level, increased good cholesterol level, decreased risk of heart disease, deeper more restful sleep and most important, increased self-confidence.
If you have a high level of body fat, or you have never been able to successfully lose fat, you should consider trying a program that not only focuses on dieting, but also includes adequate cardiovascular activity and weight training. So, the slower you lose weight, the more likely you are losing fat and not muscle. Ideally, you should aim to lose no more than 1lb to 2 lbs per week that’s it. If you are obese, then you should try to lose no more than 1% of your bodyweight per week.
Women do tend to lose fat at a slower rate than men, but don’t let this discourage you. Women simply store fat more efficiently than men because it is needed during and after pregnancy. The most difficult fat to lose usually centers around the waist, belly and lower back areas for men, and the upper thigh and buttocks, area for women. The fat in these areas are the most difficult to totally get rid of.
Zone Solutions: Burn Fat Faster
Looking for a way to burn fat faster and safeguard your health? Dr. Sears says that taking fish oil helps accelerate your rate of fat loss and will help balance the hormones that fight silent inflammation — which can help ward off future health problems. DHA one of the fatty acids in fish oil, is also food for your brain.
However, not all fish oil supplements are created equal — the type you take can make all the difference. Dr. Sears recommends ultra-refined EPA/DHA concentrates, because they are free of toxins and don’t cause the gastrointestinal side effects associated with health food brands. Though the fish oil found in health food stores is cheaper, it also contains fewer beneficial fatty acids and is less pure, which can cause a buildup of toxins in your body over time. So be sure to take ultra-refined fish oil — it’s worth the extra cost. And in the end you will get more beneficial fatty acids for your money. Dr. Sears says that taking 4 capsules or 1 teaspoon of ultra-refined fish oil will give you approximately 2.5 grams of these beneficial fatty acids, which will help maintain good health and mental clarity.
For most people, health is defined as the absence of disease and the Zone will lead you to better health as well as weight control. There are many paths to your goal but you will never reach it unless you consistently put one foot in front of the other and stay in the zone. You must find the determination and drive within yourself to see this through. You can have the greatest program in the world, but if you cannot implement it then it is worthless.